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Nearby history : exploring the past around you
Kyvig, David E.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Walnut Creek, CA : AltaMira Press, [2000]

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xvi, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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In the Second Edition of Nearby History, the authors have updated all chapters, introduced information about internet sources and uses of newer technologies, as well as updated the appendices. A comprehensive handbook on investigating the history of your community, family, local institutions, and cultural artifacts, Nearby History guides you in researching the world close at hand. Nearby History provides insights on how to find and use published, unpublished, visual, and material records while also instructing on how to collect information through interviews, connect individual investigations with broader historical issues, and use photographs, documents, and objects in a study. Both professionally trained and self-taught historians will find this work an excellent resource in developing a more comprehensive view of the past. Individual books on Nearby History topics are also available as a part of The Nearby History Series .

Author Notes

David E. Kyvig is professor of history at Northern Illinois University.
Myron A. Marty is professor of history at Drake University.

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Nearby History shows that any literate person can master historical research techniques. Each chapter describes methods for collecting and using evidence from a person's nearby world--written documents, oral testimony, visual objects, buildings, photographs, physical landscapes--for historical studies of families, neighborhoods, institutions, and communities as a whole. After presenting the case for doing nearby history, the authors offer suggestions for possible subjects for such study. In the last chapter, they show how each unique community, local institution, physical structure, and family is linked to a universal sharing of origin, motivation, design, and behavior. Of particular value are the several appendixes: forms to request information from federal agencies, such as veterans records, passenger ship arrival data, census records, and land entry files; sample gift agreements, including historical materials and oral history agreements; sources of archival storage products and information; and uses of the Web for doing nearby history. In summary, this book is a "must have" for any person seeking to master the methodology for capturing local history. All collections. R. E. Marcello; University of North Texas

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 Why Nearby History?p. 1
2 What Can Be Done Nearby?p. 15
3 Traces and Storytellingp. 41
4 Published Documentsp. 57
5 Unpublished Documentsp. 83
6 Oral Documentsp. 103
7 Visual Documentsp. 123
8 Artifactsp. 147
9 Landscapes and Buildingsp. 165
10 Preserving Material Tracesp. 181
11 Research, Writing, and Leaving a Recordp. 201
12 Linking the Particular and the Universalp. 215
A Forms to Request Information from Federal Agenciesp. 243
B Sample Gift Agreementsp. 263
C Sources of Archival Storage Products and Informationp. 267
D Using the World Wide Web (WWW) in Nearby Historyp. 269
Indexp. 275
About the Authorsp. 285